|Bill R Sheffield (#46606536)|
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WE ARE THE CHOSEN
My feelings are in each family we are called to find the ancestors.
To put flesh on their bones and make them live again,
To tell the family story and to feel that somehow they know and approve.
To me, doing genealogy is not a cold gathering of facts but, instead,
Breathing life into all who have gone before.
We are the story tellers of the tribe.
We have been called as it were by our genes.
Those who have gone before cry out to us:
Tell our story.
So, we do.
In finding them, we somehow find ourselves.
How many graves have I stood before now and cried?
I have lost count.
How many times have I told the ancestors
you have a wonderful family, you would be proud of us?
How many times have I walked up to a grave
and felt somehow there was love there for me?
I cannot say.
It goes beyond just documenting facts.
It goes to who I am and why I do the things I do?
It goes to seeing a cemetery about to be lost forever
to weeds and indifference and saying I can't let this happen.
The bones here are bones of my bone and flesh of my flesh.
It goes to doing something about it.
It goes to pride in what our ancestors were able to accomplish.
How they contributed to what we are today.
It goes to respecting their hardships and losses,
their never giving in or giving up.
Their resoluteness to go on and build a life for their family.
It goes to deep pride that they fought to make and keep us a Nation.
It goes to a deep and immense understanding that they were doing it for us
That we might be born who we are.
That we might remember them.
So we do.
With love and caring and scribing each fact of their existence,
Because we are them and they are us.
So, as a scribe called, I tell the story of my family.
It is up to that one called in the next generation,
To answer the call and take their place in the long line of family storytellers.
That is why I do my family genealogy,
And that is what calls those young and old to step up and put flesh on the bones.
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|deegraver||Martha E. Allred 1837-1882|
Franklinville United Methodist Church....
PLEASE delete the photo you added of JOHN ALLRED's stone on her memorial page.
I have another photo to add, and 5 is the limit.
|pallred||Raeford Boyd "Rip" Brewer|
Husband related to the Boyd's. Was his mother's name actually Mary Elizabeth Boyd?
Added by pallred on May 07, 2013 11:39 AM
|deegraver||RE: Susan Sheffield Withers|
thank you. so, did she marry Henry Withers?
where is he buried?
|deegraver||Susan Sheffield Withers|
born 1833, buried Oakwood Cemetery. Who did she marry? where is he buried? thanks!
|Jenny Hotchkiss||Bruce B Brewer|
#65048742 Bruce was born on Apr 13 1928 and died on Oct 9 1957. Thought you would like to add the info.
|Dan Herriage||Alexander Worth|
Had opportunity to get clearer photo of Alexander Worth in the Asheboro City Cemetery.
|Dan Herriage||Shirley Wright|
Looked twice for a marker. I believe no headstone or marker has been erected yet. Death was just last year. Maybe family has not had one made yet. Let me know if one is placed and I will be glad to get a photo of it.
|Mike||Raymond, Gladys, Daniel & Lulu Freeman gravestone PIx|
Request permission to use photos in my ancestry file.
Member # 47311208
Added by Mike on Nov 17, 2011 9:42 PM
|ladyclegane||Anna Sheffield, Antioch Baptist|
Hey Bill, I saw the "problem reported" for Anna's grave but I'm fairly certain it's there being that it was posted by P.Bible. He did A LOT of memorials and photos in this part of NC and if he documented it, I'm certain it's there. I claimed it almost two weeks ago and although I was out there Friday morning, I only had 20 mins to spare and alas I did not come across her grave. I'll be out there again (this weekend I hope) and I will look for her again.
Thank you for taking the picture of Eleanor & Joel's headstone.
Added by Lance on Feb 14, 2011 11:49 AM
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